In Wolfbaene Michelle Dennis takes the reader on a fantasy journey with two young lads, Thomas and William, as they find a life they never knew they lived and a mother they never knew existed. What unfolds is a journey you do not expect to take when you first start reading. Will the boys successfully overpower Wolfgang, the King who is not all he seems to be, and save a kingdom that is rightfully theirs? Will the love that is in William's heart for Emma become fruitful? Will William be able to unleash the power’s within in time to save his brother and those he loves?
This is a wonderful book full of twists and turns that have you wanting to read more. Michelle Dennis writes with an easy reading style that moves you, capturing each moment with intensity and passion. It is easy to see that she is a writer with passion in her heart for the craft she has chosen.
Although listed as a young adult novel Wolfbaene is definitely suited for a wide audience. For an adult it is a light read but in no way a read that leaves you feeling you are reading to your kids. At first I felt the topic at hand may have been a little boyish for my liking but by the time I had completed chapter two I was hooked. This is definitely a book suitable to both sexes leaving you so engrossed you forget it is about boys.
Michelle Dennis has done a wonderful job of setting the medievil theme. Although fantasy the book reads with a little bit of reality that you can relate to. At no period of time did I feel anything was far fetched or silly but felt as though I was there with William, Thomas and Emma fighting every step of the way.
Wolfbaene has something magical about it in the sense that it draws you in. It contains all a good fantasy book needs - love, loss, magic, a world unknown and the finding of oneself in a place you never dreamed existed. Wolfbaene took me through all the emotions I needed to feel.
Did I predict the ending? No Way! As I got to chapter nineteen and things were drawing to a close I sat with breath held in anticipation. From chapter twenty to the last chapter, twenty two, I was glued and racing forward. Watch out anyone who should interrupt me!
I felt a little sad as I closed the cover of Wolfbaene. My journey had ended. Wolfbaene is Michelle Dennis' debut novel,I eagerly await more.
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